Compare the Subaru Ascent to the Toyota Highlander in St. Louis

Looking for a safe, spacious and feature-loaded three-row, eight-passenger SUV? There are certainly plenty of options around the St. Louis area for you to consider, but a closer look and a quick test drive will let you know the new Subaru Ascent is your best bet. Visit our Ballwin, MO Subaru dealer serving St. Louis today and explore your options for the fully loaded new Subaru Ascent.

Before you visit, you'll probably spend some time researching the many seven- or eight-passenger, three-row SUVs found out there, as you should. One popular option that will probably keep popping up is the Toyota Highlander, which we're comparing to the new Subaru Ascent so you can see clearly what the Subaru advantage looks like for your travels around Chesterfield, MO, Bellville, IL and beyond.

2021 Subaru Ascent

2021 Toyota Highlander

All-Wheel DriveStandardOptional
Fuel Economy with All-Wheel Drive21/27 mpg city/highway20/27 mpg city/highway
Fuel Tank Capacity19.3 gallons17.9 gallons
Ground Clearance8.7 inches8.0 inches
Raised roof railsStandard on all modelsNot available for base models
Passenger Volume153.5 cubic feet152.9 cubic feet
Cargo Volume86.5 cubic feet84.3 cubic feet
Maximum Amount of Internal Speakers14 available speakers11 available speakers
Available USB ports8 ports4 ports
180-degree Front-View CameraAvailableNot available

Power & Performance

Like where we'll start with any new Subaru comparison, it's worth noting that the Subaru Ascent offers standard Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, while the Toyota Highlander, and other seven- or eight-passenger SUVs, will charge you extra for those added capabilities.

With the Subaru Ascent, you'll have one dynamic engine with its turbocharged 2.4-liter four-cylinder, producing 260 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. In the Toyota Highlander, the base trim comes with a 3.5-liter V6 that offers plenty of power but lacks a bit more efficiency, while the Subaru Ascent earns considerably better fuel efficiency with standard all-wheel drive.



Both the Toyota Highlander and Subaru Ascent include standard safety features, but it's the Subaru EyeSight™ suite that often earns the highest marks when it comes to driver assistance technology. For keeping your family safe and sound out on the roads in and around St. Louis, the new Subaru Ascent is the way to go.



Along with safety, the cabin layout and dimensions also are important factors for a three-row SUV. The Subaru Ascent leads the way with more cargo space, offering 86.5 cubic feet to the Toyota Highlanders 84.3 cubic feet. If you're loading up with seven or eight passengers with all seats in place, the Subaru Ascent's 17.8 cubic feet behind the third row is far more spacious than the 16 cubic feet in the Highlander's back storage area. Furthermore, with all eight - or seven, depending on if you select a version with the middle-row "captains" chairs - seats in place, passengers will have far more leg and headroom in the Subaru Ascent compared to what's found in the Toyota Highlander.



Finally, and this is an important factor, but the Ascent will most likely be the more affordable option when set up in a way that makes sense for your family travels. The base level of the new Highlander already offers a higher base price, and when you add in more features like AWD and other amenities, you will see the price skyrocket past that of the Subaru Ascent.

Convinced the New Subaru Ascent is the Right SUV for Your St Louis Family? Visit Dean Team Subaru Today and Get Started on a Test Drive

Now that you've seen how the new Subaru Ascent stacks up to another popular three-row SUV, it's time to move ahead with your search. We encourage you to apply for financing online so you'll be prepared for going through the new Subaru lease or loan process here in Ballwin. When you visit us at Dean Team Subaru, we'll set up a test drive in the new Subaru Ascent so you can feel how it handles out on the road.

We also welcome you to check out the other new Subaru models we have in stock if you find the Ascent is a bit too big and burdensome for your St. Louis area travels. Get started by heading over to 15121 Manchester Rd, Ballwin, MO today, and we'll show you why the new Subaru Ascent is the way to go for a full-sized SUV.

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